Since ancient times, people have had a strong interest in the body and have created various pictures and iconography to expand their image.
This exhibition focuses on materials from the collection of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (IRJC) and is divided into four sections: “Epidemics and Medicine,” “Understanding the Body,” “Interest in the Body,” and “The Body Today and in the Future. The exhibition is divided into four themes: “Epidemics and Medicine,” “Understanding the Body,” “The Body in the Present and Future,” and “The Body in the Future. We will trace various images of the body in a wide range of fields, including folklore, medicine, and art. The exhibition will explore hints for living in the future in this age of contemporary infection.
Dates: January 17 (Monday) – February 12 (Saturday), 2022
Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Admission until 4:00 p.m.)
Closed on Sundays and national holidays
Venue: Taikaneyama Museum of History, Osaka University *Free admission
Organizers: Osaka University Museum of Arts / International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Zone 1: Epidemics and Medicine
Infectious Diseases and Modern Medicine: “COVID-19: Vaccine Development at Osaka University
Epidemic: “Varicella Doctor’s License
Spell to ward off plague: “Measles Spell Teaching Treasure
Varicella: Jenner’s Studies on the Causes and Effects of Cowpox
Prevention of Plague: “Illustrated Guide to Preventing Tiger Stinging Disease”.
Zone2 Understanding the body
Internal Structure of the Body: “Five Organs and Six Fungus Diagram
Reading the face: “Guanxiang
Reading the body: “Acupuncture and Moxibustion Copper Doll
Copying anatomical texts: “Illustrations of the internal and external parts of the body”.
Zone3 Interest in the body
Expressions of various parts of the body: “Hunmeng Zuoji”.
Exaggeration of body parts: “Shinpan Bakkesha Jin”.
Expansion of the body: “MIKAGYO NOSHO HIKIFUDA
The body in the other world: “Jigoku-e
Spreading knowledge: “Eiri niyou onna jyuhouki
Zone4 The body of today and the future
Expanding the “eyes” of medicine: Visualizing the fetus: Ultrasound diagnostic equipment
Expanding the “Eye” of Medicine: Quantifying Symptoms: “Dementia Diagnostic Imaging Sample
Rethinking Gender Differences: 29 Gender Symbols
Expanding Recognition: The Possibility of Cognition: Pareidolia
Extension as Resistance: Infectious Diseases and Contemporary Art: “Document Version: Isolated Intensive Contact Room
Extension of the Body – Robots (Medical): “Surgical Support Robot
Human-Robot Interaction and the Body of the Future